August 12th, 2014

Is the circular economy achievable or desirable?

by Roy Hathaway   Defra Resources Minister Dan Rogerson drew a lot of criticism when he said, at the CIWM/ESA conference in June, that a completely circular economy was neither achievable nor desirable. It was the second adjective which produced the most surprise and dissent. Pressed to explain his view, the minister argued that there […]

January 31st, 2014

Goodbye, England’s rise: why have household recycling rates stalled?


by Roy Hathaway   One of the biggest questions facing UK waste policy makers and commentators is: why have recycling rates in England levelled off? Until recently it was assumed – not least by Government – that the steady increase in UK recycling which marked the last decade would continue indefinitely, thanks mainly to the […]

October 22nd, 2013

Waste management: who is really leading the EU?

by Roy Hathaway   There has been much shaking of heads lately over the perceived poor performance of the new EU member states of eastern and southern Europe – and some of the not so new ones – so far as recycling and landfill diversion are concerned. “Look at country X,” we all say (me […]